The Music of Alvin P. Buckley #UB007 05 Nov 2015

 

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Pierre Borel – alto sax
Louis Laurain – trumpet
Antonio Borghini – double bass
Hannes Lingens – drums

„The early crowd tends to dig your Radio Cologne sound. Later on we really swing.” Thomas Pynchon, „The Crying of Lot 49“ 1966

“Le musicien est au son ce que le ver est à la pomme.” From Alvin P. Buckley’s Journal, ca. 1963

Following their highly acclaimed double CD “The Braxtornette Project” (UMLAUT Records 2013), Italian-French-German quartet “Die Hochstapler” (The Impostors) present a ground breaking work based on the writings of the exceptional musician and mathematician Alvin P. Buckley.

A pioneering scientific resarcher (probability theory) as much as a versatile musician back in Chicago, Buckley retired from active music making after an epiphanic encounter with Stockhausen in Paris, but kept writing down ideas for musical games, structures and strategies for collective composition, as well as melodic fragments and short philosophic aphorisms, in his journal.

Based on these journal entries and refraining from any use of notation, the quartet uses poetry, card games, alphabets and other sources of inspiration to form the grammar for the hochstaplerish discourse.

Four independent voices, free to suggest, pretend, agree, disagree or ignore at any time of the game, collectively build up a rhetoric, full of hints and references, playful and ever changing.

Tracklist and extracts:

01. le musicien est au son…

02. every bird must be catalogued

03. …ce que le ver est à la pomme

04. alphabets and alfa romeos

05. playing cards

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Total playing time: 61:09

All music inspired by Alvin P. Buckley

Recorded March 2015 in Mulhouse by Augustin Müller

Artwork and Design by Pierre Borel and Léa Lanoë

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